Consequences and Challenges of Remarriage with an ex-spouse from the perspective of women and men: Grounded Theory

Document Type : Original Article


1 Master student of general psychology, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran

2 Associate professor,Department of psychology and educational sciences,Yazd university,Yazd, Iran

3 Associate professor department of psychology and educational sciences, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran


Objective:  Remarriage to an ex-spouse is one of the most challenging decisions for any man or woman after divorce. It is associated with both positive and negative challenges and consequences. Therefore, this research aimed to identify the consequences and challenges of remarriage with an ex-spouse from the perspective of women and men in Yazd city.
Methods:  The method of this research was qualitative with grounded theory study. The research populations were all men and women who had remarried with their ex-spouse. The research sample was selected using purposive and snowball sampling based on the inclusion and exclusion criterias. Semi- structured interview was counducted on them. hence, ten people (7 women and 3 men) were interviewed before theoretical saturation. The results were analyzed using MAXDQDA software.
Results: After collecting and coding the data using the Strauss and Corbin method, which was based on open, axial, and selective coding, 292 concepts, 38 sub-categories, eight main categories, and one core category under the title "Family Reestablishment" were obtained. The main eight categories were Social Degradation, Mental Withdrawal, Urge to Remarry, Comprehensive Mediation, Gradual Restoration, Conscious Return, Psychological Hopelessness, and Return of Peace.
Conclusion: Results showed that when the family breaks up, various reasons and grounds make them to return to their former life. But in this way, they try to make a successful return with less challenges through changes in their behavior or in the family foundation.